Council quoted in AP coverage of supplemental spending bill
In its coverage of the supplemental spending bill recently passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the Associated Press included a mention of the $10 million Salary Reserve for low-paid human service workers and included a quote from Providers' Council President/CEO Michael Weekes.
An excerpt from the coverage reads:
Lawmakers also heeded a call from human services advocates to provide raises to more than 30,000 direct care workers who have not received a pay raise in at least three years. The bill would create a $10 million fund to support raises for workers who earn less than $40,000 a year.
"We are grateful to the Legislature for funding the Salary Reserve for some of the lowest paid employees in the state, many of whom are living paycheck-to-paycheck and struggling to make ends meet," said Michael Weekes, president and CEO of the Providers Council, which represents human service agencies around the state.